First Steps – Supporting Leadership and Management Development

First Steps – Supporting Leadership and Management                        Development

Target Audience

The programme has been developed for un-promoted staff with two or more years teaching experience.

First Steps into Leadership has professional recognition, which recognises the enhanced, significant and sustained enquiry a teacher has undertaken.  It recognises the teacher as an accomplished practitioner in a particular area, in this instance the particular area is Leadership. A key characteristic of professional recognition is evidence that the participants practice is underpinned by ongoing reflective enquiry.

The 2022/23  First Steps into Leadership Application Form will be available from  April 2022. To request an application form please email

First Steps into Leadership – course aims

Please ensure you have the support of your Head Teacher before applying for this programme.


This course involves tutorials and blended learning with participants undertaking a small school based research project.  Participants are also involved in a range of activities including a self-evaluation           exercise, peer observation, e-learning, mentoring meetings and       personal reflection of relevant literature.  Support will be provided by the course facilitator and a senior member of staff acting as      mentor.

There are six taught sessions one of which is a Saturday covering the following topics:

  • Induction
  • Understanding & Developing Yourself as a Leader
  • Leadership Skills – Coaching
  • Developing People
  • Leading and Managing Change
  • Presentation of leadership journey

There are also three workshops

  • Planning an Enquiry
  • Planning for Improvement workshop
  • Report Writing workshop

Learning Outcomes:

 By the end of the course participants should be able to:

  •  Describe what situational leadership is an when it is appropriate to use each type
  • Use the information gained from the Strength Deployment           Inventory and apply this in managing themselves and the team
  • State the difference between coaching and mentoring and state in what context coaching is appropriate
  • Identify the various stages of team development
  • Describe what is meant by distributive leadership
  • Apply the knowledge learned from a change curve model to       enable them to support their team through change

This programme is run on an annual basis and begins in term 1 and commences before the end of term 3.  The duration of the                  programme is approximately 9 months.